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Bystander reactions to cyberbullying and cyberaggression : individual, contextual, and social factors



Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Current Opinion in Psychology
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords Cyberbystanders; Cyberbullying; Cyberaggression; Bystander reactions
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Description This article reviews recent literature focused on factors associated with the reactions of youth bystanders to cyberaggression. The studies examined factors from three topical areas. The first area concerns the role of individual factors, with specific focus on the role of moral disengagement. The second area concerns the contextual factors and the applicability of the bystander intervention model, the bystander effect in the online environment, and the severity of the incident. The third area is comprised of social factors, with focus on the effect of class and school, and the interactions between individual and social levels. Based upon the reviewed literature, recommendations are formulated regarding the measurement of cyberbystander reactions, the need to capture contextual factors, and the examination of social factors.
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